Travis County and others across Texas would be allowed for the first time to open their own prisons for teenaged lawbreakers under legislation poised to gain fast approval in the Texas Senate.
Approved unanimously late Tuesday by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, and designated for final approval by the whole Senate with just a consent vote, Senate Bill 511 allows counties to operate so-called “post-adjudication” lockups to house offenders who previously would have been sentenced to state lockups operated by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
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